Facebook Messenger has over 800 million users, but most of its avid users never knew that there is a secret game hidden inside. Some users in Reddit discovered this new feature a month back, but this secret game got into the headlines only now. Facebook users can now play an online game of CHESS with their friends on messenger with simple codes.
To play the game, all you need to is share the secret code “@fbchess play” with any of your contacts in your messenger and the game pops up instantly to both the players. But playing the game is a bit complicated, until you play a couple of games, as you need to send a message for each and every move in the game.
The horizontal axes in the virtual chess board are marked with letters from a to h to represent each column. The vertical axes show numbers from 1 to 8 to represent each row.
For example, to move the pawn to e4 position on the board, you need to send “@fbchess Pe4”. It may be quite frustrating at first, but once you get the hang of it, it will be quite fun.
Likewise, you have several notations for king, queen and bishop, where:
B – for Bishop, K – for King, Q – for Queen, N – for Knight and R – for Rook.
So to move the knight forward to e4 on the board, you need to type in “@fbchess Ne4”. Also, please note that all commands are case sensitive, so you would probably get an error when you type “@fbchess ke4” instead of “@fbchess Ke4”.
You can pick a colour you want by typing “@fbchess play white” or “@fbchess play black” and as usual white starts first. To end a match use “@fbchess resign” and to show you and your friend’s statistics type “@fbchess stats”.
If you still find it difficult to remember or understand, you can very well look for the complete instructions by typing “@fbchess help” in your messenger.
You don’t need to install any additional software, and it can be played both on the mobile and web platforms of Facebook Messenger. Also, you can continue chatting with your friends while playing the match without any disturbance.